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Chrome 72 Rolled Out, New Features and Updates for Windows, Mac and Android Users

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Google recently released Chrome 72 for its mobile and desktop users, and it brought in a host of security improvements, and this included new features for developers too. The Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux has received a new Settings menu, Web Authentication API improvements, complete blockages of pop-ups during page unload, and much more. Desktop users will be able to update to the latest version with the help of Chrome’s built-in updater or they can also download it directly from the company website. Chrome 72 for Android has brought along upgrades to the media player notifications during the usage of Incognito tab, and much more.

Starting with desktop users, Chrome 72 has removed the ability to set up a Chromecast dongle with the help of the desktop browser and will direct the users towards the Google Home app for Android and iOS. Prior to the update, users were able to go to chrome://cast to set up their dongle, reported 9to5Google. 

The Settings menu will have the support of Autofill for its sections, and there will be a shortcut in the People section which will allow users to open their Google Account settings directly. Chrome 72 will also bring Web Authentication API improvements that will provide an added layer of security. It will also allow users to sign-in with the help of a security key, Bluetooth U2F keys, or any other security methods. Windows users will be able to use Hello as a two-factor verification process in the browser.

For Mac users, Chrome 72 has brought the support for external authentication devices which can be connected over BLE. Chrome 72 has also restricted pop-ups and they will no longer appear during page unloading, irrespective of whether or not the pop-up blocker has been activated.

Chrome 72 for Windows will blocks code injections and this will reduce crashes that would be caused due to third-party software. The update includes a total of 58 security fixes, details of this can be seen here.

Chrome 72 on Android will bring a new way of seeing tab history (long pressing the back button), a few changes to the Tab menu, and security improvements. Android Police spotted a Chrome Duet feature which will bring more options to the bottom overflow menu, and the Web Authentication API improvements will allow log-in using security key, Windows Hello, and other methods. These features have still remained as flags though, but Google may enable them by default in the future.

Chrome 72 has been released for iOS users, and the changelog can be as below:

  • Support for more search engines. To add another search engine, a search can be performed on that website in Chrome. Then Chrome settings can be visited to add the search engine.
  • Crashes have been fixed on some page translations and translations on previously untranslated websites have been added
  • A Siri Shortcut has been added which will start a new search 

Chrome 72 can be downloaded on Android from Google Play, on iOS via the App Store, and desktop users can update to the latest version by using Chrome’s built-in updater or downloading it directly from here.

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